As a homeowner with solar panels who has used zero kilowatts off the grid during the last two months, I found the June 10 news article “When the sun doesn’t shine, who pays?” very interesting. If I understand correctly, the power industry says I should pay an additional fee because I need the industry less than others do.
Such logic raises questions as to how far the industry might go. If I make energy-efficiency decisions that my neighbor does not make, I pay less. If I choose to sit in the dark at night, I pay less. So should my utility then be allowed to charge me additional fees for those decisions, too?
Perhaps, instead, the industry should invest in renewable energy and smart-grid technologies, reward energy efficiencies and promote rate decoupling. That would provide a long-term equitable solution for all their customers.
Robert Keller, Arlington
A lot of ordinary Americans are convinced that the climate crisis is coming faster than predicted. We’re doing what we can, since government action is blocked by regressive business interests.
When my old slate roof finally goes, I want solar panels. But I’ll have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to install them. I wouldn’t be cadging off regular rate-payers; I’d be subsidizing their electric bills. I’d also be lightening the load on a utility company that wants to regulate my air-conditioner usage in the summer on those hot, sunny days. Utility companies around the country are worried they cannot meet demand. Solar homes are part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Kristine Montamat, Arlington